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Ohio’s Papadosio brings their psychedelia to Gabe’s Iowa City


Papadosio, with Jaw Gems

Gabe’s — Thursday, March 9 at 9 p.m.

Papadosio live at Red Rocks. — video still

Five albums into their career, along with two live recordings released, Papadosio will take Iowa City into orbit at Gabe’s this Thursday, March 9 in support of their latest EP, Pattern Integrities (2016).

Somewhere in the quest for universal language we must accept the experiential, the movement of vibrations, as self-evident expression. We act; the air around us reacts. The air, percussed and freeform, acts; we react.

Between those Newtonian interactions is Papadosio, a music group at the confluences of rock, jazz and electronica. The impulse is to place this band under the larger umbrella of prog rock. But that’s a cop out. The kind of atmosphere arranged by Papadosio is what can truly be defined as psychedelic: revealing of the soul.

Papadosio is something of an experiment in micromanagement. They finely tune interludes, harmonies and rhythm to ionize soundscapes, dazzling audiences into psychotropia across the concert halls and festival grounds since their inception in Akron, Ohio in 2006. Their mission is to further the understanding of music as universal language, taking audial and visual cues from Sun Ra and the Grateful Dead, only in the 21st century.

Portland, Maine-based beat-makers Jaw Gems will open for Papadosio. Founded under a common appreciation for J Dilla, the five-piece deploy vintage analog synths alongside newer samplers and drum machines. They balance a warbled sound of old with the latest techniques in beat production.

The doors open at 8 p.m. Music will commence at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17, $20 at the door.


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